LUXMAN: PD-284 Turntable – test review by an owner

It’s true that, in general, belt drive yields better sound quality than direct drive. But it’s equally true that not all direct drive turntables are bad. Direct drive got a bad rap thanks in large part to all the cheap plastic junk foisted upon unsuspecting audio buyers in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Not […]

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AUDIO NOTE: Zero System test review – by Jimmy Hughes

Audio Note’s Zero system is a great advertisement for the benefits of partnering a good low-powered amp with sensitive loudspeakers. It’s a winning combination of cohesiveness and integration; brilliance and detail; dynamics and attack. With each individual component being very well matched, the overall result is superb and, as we’ve already indicated, as separates they […]

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Lux (Luxman) PD-300 turntable mini test review

Howard Popeck writes: Those of you of a certain age will remember I hope the magnificently engineered range of turntables, amps and tuners built by Luxman (formerly Lux) in the 1970s. They were one of the first, if not the first to introduce vacuum clamping for the record against the platter. This was via an […]

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Best wireless Bluetooth headphones

What Hi-Fi? tell us: Who needs wires? With superb sound quality allied to maximum convenience, now’s the time to join the Bluetooth revolution. Wireless headphones are no longer associated with poor sound quality. With ever-more advanced Bluetooth codecs, in-ear and over-ear options, and sometimes noise-cancelling tech too, they now sound better than ever. We’ve got […]

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The best 30 hi-fi speakers of What Hi-Fi?’s lifetime

What Hi-Fi tell us: Along with amplifiers, record players and TVs, one of the products most closely associated with What Hi-Fi? is stereo speakers. The idea behind them hasn’t changed and is relatively simple – an enclosure, sometimes small, sometimes big, capable of taking a signal fed to it from an amplifier and shooting it out […]

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Chord Company C-Screen. ‘Chord Company’s mastery of the speaker cable shows no sign of waning. Tested at £5’

What Hi-Fi say: Build image: https://images.cdn.whathifi.com/sites/whathifi.com/files/styles/big-image/public/brands/ChordCompany/chord_co_c-screen_02.jpg?itok=xoCvyg6x It has a thinner diameter than the Clearway – 7mm compared with 10.5mm – but otherwise looks much the same, finished with the white outer jacket that has become the company’s signature aesthetic. Beneath that, the C-Screen features ….. Continues HERE Also ….. Please click HERE to access the […]

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Monitor Audio launches Studio speakers and matching stands

What Hi-Fi? say: A month after launching its six-strong Monitor speaker series, Monitor Audio has thrown the spotlight on just one pair of speakers – the Studios. At £1000 a pair, the Studios should sit in similar territory to the company’s Gold 50 (£950) and Gold 1000 (£1250) standmounters. But, having borrowed technology from Monitor Audio’s flagship […]

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QED XT25 Even at this budget price, the QED doesn’t disappoint for clarity and detail Tested at £6

What Hi-Fi? say: In simple terms, the duties of a speaker cable are not unlike those of the sports coach. They aren’t expected to make a system more talented, rather to draw out the maximum from each component and help them work as a team. If you want to highlight detail and insight in a […]

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Best DAB radios

What Hi-Fi? say: Want to get your tunes for free and over the airwaves? Then a DAB radio is a great option… …once you’ve established exactly what you need. Desktop? Pocket? In-car? The world of digital radios can seem a bit baffling – but feel free to turn on, tune in and chill out, as we deliver the […]

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Edwards Audio IA1 Mk2 This solid performer fills a gap in the market for mid-priced amps…

What Hi-Fi tell us ….. There’s a dearth of good mid-priced stereo amplifiers on the market right now. Between the budget superstar Onkyo A-9010 and our reigning Product of the Year, the Rega Brio, there’s little to recommend apart from Cambridge’s CXA60. Enter the Edwards Audio IA1 Mk2 – an unassuming but promising contender at […]

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Mission LX-3 test review

What Hi-Fi? tell us: The Mission LX-3s’ recipe for success looks like a sure-fire winner. Take the Award-winning LX-2 standmounter, add another mid/bass driver and make the cabinet bigger to bypass the need for a stand. The extra drive unit and bigger box pretty much guarantee more bass and higher volume levels. Just keep the […]

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Best budget headphones

What Hi-Fi? tell us: Want some new headphones? You don’t have to spend a fortune to get great results. From in-ear to over-ear, sporty to noise-cancelling, these pairs deliver… You could spend hundreds on a new pair of headphones, and we wouldn’t blame you for doing so. But you can still get great results from […]

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Tibo: Smart Amp test review

What Hi-Fi? write: Tibo claims to have invented the world’s first smart amp, which in itself sounds impressive, though it’s not always exclusively an accolade. For example, someone must once have had the world’s first nosebleed, and for them it was probably quite distressing. So what is a Smart Amp, and why is Tibo so […]

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CLONES AUDIO: 55PM ‘giant killer’ mono power amps test review by Neil McCauley

UK importer is LW Audio (Mr. Iain Borthwick)  http://lwaudio.co.uk/clones-audio iainborthwick@me.com UK RRP £1,129 including VAT @ 20% per pair This is part #2 of a two-part test review and is an investigation of  the 55PM mono power amps —//– Preliminary notes: Overlap; the opening parts of this review are identical to those I wrote re […]

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HARBETH: Speaker shoot out: Harbeth P3ESR vs Proac Tablette Anniversary

What HiFi write ….. I thought I’d post this mini review about my impressions of these two competing mini monitors, I know some members here will be interested. I own both so I have no axe to grind when making these comparisons and each has its own virtues and pitfalls. The Proac’s have a more […]

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Roksan Blak integrated amplifier

What Hi-Fi write: Roksan has decided against the minimalist approach with this design. If you want just a premium line-level analogue integrated, we would point you towards the company’s still excellent Caspian M2 (£2000), provided its 85W per channel output is up to driving your speakers to the levels required. But if you need a fully […]

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Apple TV 4K

What Hi-Fi write: For many, watching Apple CEO Tim Cook on stage talking about 4K and HDR as if they are brand-new Apple inventions is both hilarious and galling in equal measure. After all, 4K technology was already around when the previous Apple TV launched in 2015, but Apple simply chose to ignore it. But focusing on […]

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Best noise-cancelling headphones

What Hi-Fi write: After a pair of noise-cancelling headphones? These are the best money can buy, ranging from under £100 to around £350. Which is best pair for you? If you want to block out the drone of daily life and listen to music without any distractions, this is the list for you. Whatever your budget, […]

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Best phono preamps

What Hi-Fi? write: A phono stage (or, if you prefer, a phono preamp) boosts the signal from a turntable to a workable level – if your stereo amp or record player doesn’t have one built-in, you’ll need a dedicated box. Ideally, your list of potential purchases should include one of these. They’re the best you can buy […]

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